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Americans’ Mental Health Disabilities on the Rise

It seems that the need for mental health services is on the rise at a time that these same services are suffering severe cutbacks in services.  Does this seem like it is correct?

There is a crisis going on in our country that involves mental health and police/fire/EMS.  Hospitals are receiving more and more violent psychiatric patients due to the cutbacks at local jails and prisons; EMS is tied up on calls to psychiatric patients who simply have no other way to get to the hospital.

There needs to be an overhaul of the mental health system–the needs of the mentally ill need to be better served.

This is an article from Psych Central that I hope you enjoy.  Please visit that site to find many more fine articles that address the needs and issues for mentally ill persons.

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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on September 26, 2011

A new study discovers American adults are reporting an increase in mental health disability compared to prior decades.

Ramin Mojtabai, M.D., Ph.D, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health also found that the prevalence of disability attributed to other chronic conditions decreased while the prevalence of significant mental distress remained unchanged.

“These findings highlight the need for improved access to mental health services in our communities and for better integration of these services with primary care delivery,” said Mojtabai.

“While the trend in self-reported mental health disability is clear, the causes of this trend are not well-understood.”

For the study, Mojtabai reviewed data from the U.S. National Health Interview from 1997 to 1999 and from 2007 to 2009. He discovered nearly 2 million more disabled adults self-reported mental health disability in the current decade.

Mojtabai noted the increase in the prevalence of mental health disability was mainly among individuals with significant psychological distress who did not use mental health services in the past year.

Findings showed that 3.2 percent of participants reported not receiving mental health care for financial reasons between 2007 and 2009, compared to 2.0 percent from 1997 to 1999.

The findings will appear in the November edition of the American Journal of Public Health.

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 

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